MINIMOC INSIDER                                                                           FEBRUARY 26, 2012



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Mohegan Council Board of Directors Announce New Scout Executive to Begin April 1

We welcome Jeffrey S. Hotchkiss of Indianapolis as our next Scout executive and chief executive officer of the Mohegan Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Jeff will officially begin his new post April 1.

Jeff currently serves as field director for the Crossroads of America Council in Indianapolis. Crossroads of America Council is one of the largest councils in the country. This will be his first as a council executive. He is an Eagle Scout who has held several positions within the BSA beginning in 1984 as well as with other non-profit organizations.

We look forward to Jeff leading our team at the Mohegan Council in service to our youth, volunteers, and our community at large.

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Robert Lanava Appointed Quinsigamond District Committee Chairman

On Thursday, February 16, 2012 the Executive Committee of the Mohegan Council voted unanimously to appoint Robert Lanava as the new chairman for the Quinsigamond District. This is a volunteer position. Mr. Lanava will be replacing Bruce Hopper, Esq. in this capacity, as Mr. Hopper focuses his attention on the multicultural efforts of the Council.

Robert Lanava joined Scouting in 1978 as a youth and has been a member of Mohegan Council since that time. In addition to serving as the advancement chairman for the Quinsigamond District, he also supports Troop 37 as their committee’s advancement chairman. Rob accepted the role of district advancement chair in 2006 and has continued through his more recent acceptance of this new chair position. During his time in Scouting, Rob has been honored with the District Award of Merit (2009) and the Silver Beaver (2011). He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Pachachaug Lodge and an integral part of the Ranger Crew. Rob and his wife Kathleen are the proud parents of Domenic, a Tiger Cub with Pack 37.

Please join in welcoming Rob ( as the new Quinsigamond District Chairman!

Jeffrey Harris  |  District Executive



Pancake Breakfast Sponsored by the Masons of Hayden Lodge & Benefiting Cub Scout Pack 128
Sunday March 11, 2012
7:00 To 11:00 Am
Cub Scout Pack 128 Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Church
Please come support the Cub Scouts of Pack 128 and have a great breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice, and hot beverages compliments of the Hayden Lodge.
Serving starts at 7 AM and goes until 11 AM.
Food will be cooked by the Masons and served by the Cub Scouts.
The Hayden Lodge is on New School Drive directly across from the North Brookfield Elementary School.  Enter through the door in the back of the building.
Suggested donation:  $5.00   Everyone leaves full!
Scouts Recognized with Good Samaritan Awards

February 12, 2012, Worcester, MA -- During the celebration of Scouting Ministry Sunday at Epworth United Methodist Church, two Scouts who are members of Epworth UMC, Paul W. and Gavin M, were recognized for the good works they have been doing. The Good Samaritan Award provides United Methodist churches a means to recognize an individual youth who demonstrates the attributes of the Good Samaritan described in Luke 10:25-37, ministry to others through outreach, humanitarian assistance or advocacy. The recipient may either be a member of a Unit chartered by a United Methodist Church or be a member of a United Methodist Church.

Paul W., Troop 91 – Feeding the Hungry

Paul received a Good Samaritan Award for his work with Carty Cupboard, a local food pantry at Wesley United Methodist Church.  Paul is a Life Scout with Troop 91.

Paul first became involved with the pantry with his confirmation class in 2010.  The confirmands decided to spend a day in “jail” until they were “bailed out” with food items from the Epworth congregation, friends and family.  The food collected was donated to Carty Cupboard.  The class not only brought the food to the pantry, they volunteered their time to help distribute the items to those in need.  Paul enjoyed the experience so much that he spent some of his school vacation time handing out food at Carty Cupboard.  Almost two years later, Paul still volunteers at the food pantry.  He and his family move donations from Epworth UMC to Carty Cupboard on a regular basis and Paul helps with the distribution at the pantry.

Paul is in the planning stages of his Eagle project. The project involves refurbishing a room at Epworth UMC to be used as an office for the Worcester Evening, Free Medical Service Program.

Gavin M., Troop 54 – Embracing Membership

Unlike many of his peers who seem to drift away from the church once confirmed, Gavin has taken his membership covenant seriously.  This has not gone unnoticed at Epworth United Methodist Church and is why he was presented with the Good Samaritan Award.

Gavin freely shares his presence, his gifts and his talents.  Gavin attends worship regularly, and participates in Youth Group.  A portion of his allowance goes in the collection plate every week.  He has served in the Epworth Sunday School, sings in the Chancel Choir, plays in the Bell Choir, and mans the popcorn machine when Epworth opens its doors to Worcester First Night.  He is an active participant in Epworth’s annual “The Church Has Left the Building” Mission day, painting murals at a local community center.  He spent a week with the U.M. Army – Northeast and is looking forward to doing it again.

Gavin is a 2nd Class Scout in Troop 54. Troop 54 recently transferred their charter to Epworth UMC and Gavin is excited to be meeting in his home church. He has earned the God and Me and God and Family awards.


Sled Race is Highlight of Troop 54 Trip to Littleton

Boy Scout Troop 54 travelled to the Harvard Sportsman's Club in Littleton, Massachusetts, to participate in the Nashua Valley Council's Massasoit District Klondike Derby, January 27-29. Typically, this event takes place on snow, with the boys pushing their sleds from one activity to the next. This year's weather called for adaptation: The sled was fitted with all-terrain pneumatic tires just before the event, thanks to Assistant Scoutmaster Brian Keevan.

Led by youth member Josh C., of the Nashua Valley Council, the Klondike was a great success, providing competitions between patrols as well as work toward merit badges and advancement opportunities. The troop food was great, with the Scouts preparing chili for lunch and camp-made meatballs with spaghetti for dinner. Assistant Scoutmaster Keith MacNeal prepared gourmet fare for the adult participants at every meal. The twist this time - he cooked every meal in a wok.

The high point was the last competition event - the Klondike sled race. With ten of the eleven troops fielding sleds, there were two initial heats and a final run. The field was partly grass and mostly mud, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of these Scouts. In the end, Troop 54's Raccoon Patrol took first place, narrowly besting their closest competitors. This was the troop's thirty-seventh consecutive month with at least one campout, and the boys can't wait until the next trip.


(left) Troop 54 Scouts take to the road at the beginning of the Klondike Derby. (right) Troop 54 Scouts Jeremiah D. and Romeo D. take their turn at camp cooking, turning out a large pot of piping hot chili. (Photos by Joshua Froimson)

Millbury's Cub Scout Pack 108 Celebrated Their Annual Blue & Gold Banquet

Many families, grandparents, aunts, uncles were in attendance at Pack 108’s recent Blue & Gold Banquet. This year's banquet had a Wild West theme to match this summer's Cub Scout Day Camp & Webelos Residence Camp themes.

The banquet began with posting of the flags and pledge of allegiance lead by Aiden B. of the Bear den.  Theodore A. was awarded the religious emblem square knot for earning his Jewish religious medal, Maccabee. The religious square knot is the only knot that can be worn by Cub Scouts and is rarer for a Scout to earn than the Eagle rank, Boy Scouts highest rank. Theodore then said grace for our potluck dinner.

Following the potluck dinner the Cub Scouts from all ranks received recognition for their achievements.  The Pachachaug Lodge 525 Order of the Arrow sent representatives and performed one of their rituals for the conferral of the Arrow of Light rank, Cub Scouts' highest rank.  Those earning the Arrow of Light were Evan B., Harrison B., Nicholas L., and Matthew W. These boys will be crossing over to Boy Scout Troop 110 at next month's Pack meeting.

Matthew B., Matthew C., Bennett D., Daniel P., and Kyle W. all earned their Webelos rank patch.  For the Bear den, Theodore A., Aiden B., Brenden E., John G., Michael K., and Rocky P. earned their rank emblem.  Michael B., Ryan G., Jake G., Nathan H., Nicholas M.l, Seth M., Owen M., Adam M., Jaden P., Brandon R., and Jacob T. all earned their Wolf rank emblem.  Joshua L., Nicholas M., and Owen M. earned their Bobcat rank emblem.

Every Cub Scout brought a western themed cake to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Friends of Scouts (FOS) campaign.  It was a lively auction with many mouth watering cakes to fight over.  Many cakes went for $30 or more with a couple topping $50!  At the end, the participant raised over $250 in additional cash to put a cake in the Cubmaster and District Executive's faces.  A fun time was had by all!

(Left: District Executive Matt Conlon gets a pie in the face for Friends of Scouting.)

The Pack has a pool and pizza party coming up next month and is always open to new members.  For more information please contact Jim Gorman at or visit



Berkshire Bank Foundation Awards $2,500 to Support Mohegan Scouting in Central MA

Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank, awarded $10,000 in grants to four Central Massachusetts nonprofit organizations at an event on February 16th launching the bank’s new Central Massachusetts Commercial team in Worcester last evening.

According to Mohegan’s board president Charles E. Thompson, “The Mohegan Council was honored to be chosen as a recipient of Berkshire Bank Foundation’s good neighbor grants. This funding will be invested in the delivery of a quality Scouting program for more than 5,000 youth locally and we are grateful for this support.”

Lori Gazzillo, Assistant Vice President for Community Relations stated, “We wanted to mark the exciting launch of our new commercial team by honoring four nonprofit organizations that make a significant impact on the community. Community involvement and community giving is engrained in our culture and it is part of what makes us America’s Most Exciting Bank.”

Berkshire Bank’s new Central Massachusetts Commercial Banking Center is located at 45 Lyman Street in Westborough, MA and the team is led by James Curran as Senior Vice President and Commercial Regional Manager.

Trail’s End Spring On-Line Popcorn Sale Opportunity…

Earn Your Way to Summer Camp!

Scouts can earn a commission of 35% of their Trail’s End Popcorn sales in money for camp costs and gift cards for camping equipment or whatever else they may want or need through on-line sale of Trail’s End Popcorn beginning NOW. This is an easy way to earn your way to camp. It’s simple! It’s fun! Start today!

Campership Applications Now On-Line

Summer Campership funds are very limited for one week of camp at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation. It is the policy of the Mohegan Council not to grant full camperships. Each Scout should earn a portion of his camp fee by participating in unit fundraisings, popcorn sale, and others. To learn more about summer camp and to download a campership application, Cub Scouts:  Boy Scouts

Massachusetts Society
Sons of the American Revolution

Dear Parents and Scout Leaders,

To help honor your new Eagle Scouts, we would be pleased to provide a commemorative certificate and letter of congratulations for them from our society without cost. As the leading men's organization of those that descend from the solders of the American Revolution, we are glad to recognize new Eagle Scouts for their outstanding accomplishment, their excellence, and their good citizenship.

We also invite the scout to apply for our Eagle Scout Scholarship with cash awards from $500 to $8000 each year (up to $14,000 total). The contest is offered through our state society in Massachusetts as well as our National Office in Louisville, Kentucky.

For nearly a century, we have enjoyed a close working relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. Our programs for the scouts were started by President Theodore Roosevelt, a distinguished member of the society and an ardent supporter of the scouting movement.

Please visit our website at to request a certificate and for more information on how to apply for the scholarship. We look forward to hearing from you and your Eagle Scouts.

Michael E Fishbein

President, The Massachusetts Society
Mohegan Council Scout Store – Everything You Need to Be Prepared!

Location: Council Service Center, 19 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA - Free parking.

Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri. - Open 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday: Open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Click to start shopping now! Mohegan Council Online Scout Store

Download your BSA Supply Order Form

Uniform Requirements for Tigers (age 7 or 1st Grade), Wolves (2nd Grade), Bears (3rd Grade) and Webelos (4th and 5th Grades).

The Mohegan Council Scout store offers all of your scouting needs along with excellent customer service.  We have a large variety of uniform parts and accessories.  We also have awards and badges in stock for all your troop or packs needs.  If we do not carry a particular item you are looking for feel free to let us know and we will special order it for you. 

We carry a full supply line of:

·         Uniforms and Accessories

·         Books and other resources

·         Insignia and rank

·         Trophies,  Awards, and Certificates

·         Cub Scout event items (Pinewood Derby, Regatta, Space Derby and accessories)

·         Eagle Scout Items (Court of Honor supplies, Thank you cards, Gifts)

·         and many other items


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